Health and Wellness: We’re all in this together

Two students hiking on a fall day

We have all worked hard through the first half of the Fall term and now it’s time to take a breather.

In addition to this coming weekend and the Thanksgiving Monday holiday, Waterloo students will have two study days, making for a five-day break before classes resume on Oct. 12.

Fall Break offers students a pause to reflect on what each individual needs to be successful for the remainder of the term.  Yes, it is obviously a time to relax, catch up on the term’s work and prepare for any upcoming mid-term assignments – but that’s not all.

We all have different routines and needs. They could include taking a break, visiting friends and family, catching up on sleep, checking in with a health professional, doing chores, hitting the gym or even reading something other than a textbook.

My sincere hope is that all students take full advantage of this fall break and come back to class rejuvenated and energized for the second half of the term.

Fall Break is one important part of Waterloo’s commitment to health and wellness.

We all know what it’s like to start a new term, new job or new university. It is perfectly normal to feel stressed, but you should never feel that you are alone. The University and the local community provide a wide range of wellness services that can help you.

We also want to make sure we have the right mix of supports in place. That’s why I created the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health. Within this, there are five panels looking at:  Student Experience, Student Services, Community Partners, Academic, and Mental Health Experts.

If you would like to learn more, I hope you will join me in the Student Life Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 24 when I will join FEDS President Antonio Brieva for a Q&A Panel on Student Mental Health. It’s one of many activities taking place as part of our annual Mental Health Wellness Day.

Of course, health and wellness is not just important for students. On Oct. 17, the UW Staff Association and the University’s Healthy Workplace Committee will host a full day of “Keeping Well at Work” events for employees across campus.

Health and wellness is a concern for everyone at our University. It is a team effort because nobody should ever feel alone.

Our University community is here to support you, as we all support each other, ensuring that everyone has a great experience at Waterloo.

Enjoy your break!

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